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“Different experience but wouldn't stay again” 3 of 5 stars
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Amstel Botel
Ranked #173 of 362 Hotels in Amsterdam
London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Different experience but wouldn't stay again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

Me and my friend got home last night after a 4 night stay at the amstel botel. We were really looking forward to staying on a boat rather than in a hotel but we didn't enjoy out stay as much as we would of done. Overall it was very basic; the rooms, the service, the menu, everything. I understand its a boat and I knew the rooms and bathrooms wouldn't be huge but they were so small it was difficult to deal with. Me and my friend are both slim women and we struggled to shower. There was only 3 UK tv channels and when we asked about the free in house movies that was advertised on the side of the boat, we were told it was advertising the free porn channel! The location is good as it's only a 10 minute ferry ride from centraal station and it's free. Last ferry is 11.45 but if you miss it like we did, you can get on the ferry for just 3 mins and then a 10 minute bus journey (24hrs) and a 10 minute walk. The woman that checked us in and out was so miserable and rude! Not a good face for the botel at all. We didn't have the breakfast as the reviews I read weren't great and I was wasn't willing to pay €10 each to eat there when there are plenty of other places 10 mins away. The bar is open until 1am and seemed pretty lively but if you want a drink or sandwich during the day, it's hard to find someone to serve you. We did enjoy staying on a boat but wouldn't stay here again. It doesn't deserve the 3 stars that it's rated, I would say it was more like 2*

  • Stayed October 2013
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Bed was ok, no shower pressure, moldy shower curtain.

After ordering a few drinks with friends at the bar I asked for a glass of water (to clear my throat) and the bartender who was busy playing with his phone (guy with dark hair and sideburns) told me to "get it from the bathroom". What a jerk.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for three nights in September. With my husband. Rooms were basic, (the bathroom is very small) but clean and adequate. A hairdryer is available from reception. A safe can be rented for a small fee and refundable deposit. Breakfast is not included. 10 euro per person is payable on entrance to the dining room. Staff were friendly and spoke excellent English. We did feel on the odd occasion we were on a boat with a very slight sway. But mostly we forgot we were. Getting there is straight forward, a ferry runs very regularly from outside central station. Later at night it stops, and a shuttle bus runs all night from another place. We would recommend Amstel Botel to adults of any age for a short stay as it's reasonably priced, far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city yet easy to get to.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Derry, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Basic, clean, cheap, quiet and the novelty of staying on a boat! Room was also a good size and the view was great as it was a boat lol. Breakfast wasn't great to be fair, I just had sausages and toast. There is a ferry service to take you to the Central station to be honest it does get a bit annoying having to travel but you see a lot of the buildings along the river. I would rather stay on the other side of the water for handiness. Staff were so helpful with places to visit.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Billingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

just returnedfrom staying at the botel,great place, quite basic but clean and the breakfasts were good. easy to get to from the station free ferry service just make sure you check times because they change throughout the day. shower was tiny but we are used to cruising, its a cheap ideal place to stay. only complaint my daughter found the bed too hard.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

The hotel is very clean and easy to get to via the free ferry service to and from Amsterdam Central Station which takes about 15 minutes. Although the hotel is on a boat, you can hardly ever feel it moving which is good to know if you worry about suffering with sea sickness.
We paid for an en-suite double room. The bed was very comfortable with two separate fluorescent lights above each pillow. There was also a safe and a small flat screen TV but we didn't either of them. The shower was very tiny and initially we had difficulty getting the water to run any more than lukewarm but got there in the end. The room was made up to an impressive standard by the cleaning staff who were also very polite and friendly.
The hotel also allowed us free use of their luggage room when we arrived
(because we arrived at 10am but our check-in wasn't until 2pm) and when we checked out as our flight wasn't until the late evening.
There is also a bar and restaurant on the boat but as we were self-catering, we didn't make use of these facilities so we cannot comment on them.
The room keys consist of smart cards which bear no identifiable markings to the hotel or the room which means that if you lose your key card, you have no chance of somebody finding the card and having access to your room. This also means you don't have a physical key which some smaller budget hotels require you to "hand in" at reception every time you leave the hotel.
Overall, a fantastic budget hotel for anybody who wants to be relatively close to Amsterdam City Center without paying through the nose for it.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

My friend and I stayed on the Amstel Botel September 10th to 17th.we will certainly return.It was just superb, and excellent value despite being so relatively inexpensive.We soon learned which free ferry to get from the back of Centraal Station to get there in 15 minutes.The Hotel is warm with perfectly adequate en suite cabins.Maid service is excellent.The rooms are spotlessly clean with towels changed daily.The room had two single beds also changed daily.There was a TV with BBC London and World service but beware the round the clock porn if you have children with you.There was a writing desk..During the day you can get an excellent snack at the bar.We enjoyed a large cheeseburger,chips,salad and coke.Breakfasts were delicious cooked English ie sausages,crispy bacon,beans,tomato,boiled egg in a shell followed by rolls,croissants,jams,and as much coffee or tea or orange juice as you wish.There was a limited choice of breakfast cereal.There was an optional German/Scandinavian cold meat platter.There was toast and cake.It was served 7am to 1030am.We did find one shop in the vicinity with soft drinks,biscuits,crisps etc.As in that shop and elsewhere, you will soon learn it is a myth that all Dutch speak perfect English.I know basic Dutch but took my phrasebook everywhere.Reception catered for all main European languages and could not have been more informative or helpful,.the same being true of the catering staff.Beds were comfy.The hotel was quiet at night though you could hear folk in the next cabin.The Boat only moved a little even when the river was choppy.It was great value!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Amstel Botel
Address: 3 MT Ondinaweg | NDSM-Pier 3, 1033 RG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Best Value Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Amstel Botel 3*
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Amstel Botel is Amsterdam's floating hotel. Stay in our hotel with unique design in appearance. We are located in the center of Amsterdam just 3 minutes walk from the Central Railway Station and 18 minutes ride from Amsterdam Airport, which offers a splendid opportunity to discover Amsterdam's history, culture and beauty. The Amstel Botel has 175 rooms, smoking and non-smoking rooms available, all with toilet/shower, hot/cold water, safe, AM/FM clock radio, writing desk, telephone. ... more   less 
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Amstel Botel Hotel Amsterdam
Amstel Botel Alkmaar
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Botel Amsterdam

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